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Birmingham hit by deadly round of storms (video)

Storms ripped through the South on Monday morning, killing at least two people in Alabama, injuring more than 100 people and destroying homes. The storms hit just nine months after a tornado outbreak cost the Federal Emergency Management Agency millions of dollars in recovery.

Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a possible tornado ripped through the Trussville, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP)

The storm struck in the early morning hours of Monday, surprising people in their beds. Storms stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and struck Alabama with a possible tornado.

At dawn, people picked their way through the rubble, assessing the damage:

Coincidentally, on Monday a panel appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to study the April tornados was to present a report in Birmingham on how preparded the state is for another onslaught of storms. However, the meeting had to be rescheduled due to the storms. The panel will recommend a list of 20 items, including better warning systems, more coordination between state agencies and storm shelters, The Birmingham News reports.

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